CARE FOR CAREGIVERS
How To Develop The Health & Habits That Make Giving Sustainable.
ARE YOU HELPING OTHERS SO MUCH
THAT THERE IS NO ROOM LEFT FOR YOU?
DO YOU EXPERIENCE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING?
- You are always there to help others — but sometimes it is difficult to receive yourself?
- You go out of your way to give your best work to others — yet still feel underappreciated?
- When you get a little bit of rest, energy or money do you tend to spend or give it away quickly?
- Do you have a hard time saying, “no” to family, colleagues, work, friends or projects?
- Have you started to feel resentful when you are giving because you are constantly running on empty?
- Do you seem to never have the time for self-care and rest – even though you know your physical or mental health is on the line?
- Or maybe you want to give more to others but find that you are just too depleted or ill to do so.
Running on Empty?
Congratulations! You have a beautiful heart that cares about others and wants to make a difference. Likely you are drawn to places where you can serve others such as: leadership, social entrepreneurship, healing arts, education, social services, non-profits, customer service, volunteering, being a parent or helping an aging family member.
In fact, all your life you have been there to help other people and everyone has only been too happy to partake of your juicy energy. The only problem is that the places you have invested your energy are not always giving a return on your investment — and now your well has dried up! You’ve been running on empty for months and now it is starting to affect you mentally and physically.
ARE YOU IN HEALTH DEBT?
Intuitively we know that we can’t give someone a drink from an empty cup.
In the same way, giving is only giving when you HAVE something to give — otherwise we can easily cross over into health debt.
SIGNS OF HEALTH DEBT
Health debt happens when you are giving more than you are receiving — when feelings of stress and overwhelm are starting to make withdrawals from your body reserves. It is also known as “compassion fatigue.”
How do you recognize health debt? In the early stages you may feel fatigued, dispirited, overwhelmed, or resentful. In the later stages, your body may break down completely with chronic pain, health, or mental-health issues that don’t seem to go away no matter what you do. Nothing seems to help.
Bottom line, it is hard to make traction on your health when you have a negative balance on your health bank-account. So part of the journey to ask your body, “Where are you losing energy?”
Where are you losing energy in your life?
Past hurts & traumas?
Fears of the future?
Disliking your job?
Huge life changes?
A MESSAGE FROM TABITHA
“I’ll never forget that moment when I had a new baby at home (along with an older child and a new marriage), was going to Oriental Medicine School full-time, working part-time, and still trying to get my hours to become a Licensed Professional Counselor all at once — and wondering why I was so tired!
In retrospect, it is laughable — but overdoing and overgiving can creep up insidiously and catch us even when we know better!
What I have learned is that we can work and give HARD when it counts, but we have to understand that we are borrowing from our future self if we don’t take the time to REST, RECUPERATE, and GIVE BACK to ourselves on a regular basis. It is more than just knowing it. Real change happens with EMBODYING it.”
WHERE DO YOU LOSE ENERGY?
Are you ready to break those patterns that have left you feeling tired, overwhelmed and stuck in your healing process?
If so, be sure to get your FREE 20 minute consult to identify where you lose energy and start moving forward again.